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An ideal place to have a skylight is right above a staircase. Stairways are usually dark and unwelcoming places but they don't have to be. The skylight makes this area bright and welcoming. Plus it allows light to be brought into the home without it being glaring; the stairway helps to break up that glare.
The bathroom is another great place for a skylight. Most people don't enjoy having open windows in their bathrooms because they don't want people peering into their private lives there. A skylight allows you to have natural lighting without taking chances on showing off to the neighborhood's Peeping Tom.
I love the subtlety of this skylight. It's built in around the fireplace so that it gives the sense that the smoke from the fire is truly rising up into the air above the home. It's an interesting design choice and one that works well in this already well-lit living space.